The Big One Barrio Gran Reserva.
This hand built gem was a collaboration between Wendy Gruber (owner of Barrio)
and I, the Walnut is so rich and chocolate you could eat it. Provided by Tom winkler.
The old favorite Grand avenue Pizza CO.
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Aside from being a great Pizza maker, Carson Wheeler is a fine wood aficionado,
and repeat offender. These new table tops feature mesquite from wine glass bar sawmill,
and some old diner booths.
Far from home spring in New York
The Hudson Valley is a magical place that has attracted artist for centuries, do to its beauty, its serenity and bridges. This is a bridge I built with wood found on the property, I also found time to build a few commissioned pieces, and do a few installations…
Courtesy of Lyle Trued and matthew gamble…and the always amazing uncle TEE.
High design in an unlikely spot SouthWest truck driver training.
When Sean Williams of southwest approached me, I could tell he was ready to transform a space, Great designs, impeccable wood selection and a conference table for a boss.
Showing Off Urban Organics at the IceHouse
With the Help of amazing artist Joe Holdren and Scott Woodward we ascended on the Icehouse Phoenix with an Epic showing of Furniture, Abstract Paintings and ceramic sculpture. Thanks, to amazing friends and patrons this show was amazing.
The bread and Butter.
At the end of the day my bread and butter are sales from Zinnias on melrose,
Cartwheels Gallery in Cottonwood and Commissions from Clients new and old.
It keeps the designs fresh and evolving and good clients give me great pleasure.
Thank, you all for making my year amazing.
The ultimate home court advantage.
A Custom handmade conference table.
This table features Colibah, Arizona ash and geometrical radness.
ONE TREE is a collection of furniture made from a single Mesquite Tree.
The “ONE TREE” collection will be on display at Ice House Phoenix, during Urban Organics.
Starting with a Chilean/Argentine Mesquite tree milled by Todd Langford, I set out to create a complete collection.
This collection will include:
A living room set- side table, coffee table, 2 end tables, and 2 tiny tables.
A patio set- bench, 2 end tables, and a patio bar.
This wood is deeply figured and unique, the colors and grains show though in a vivid manner. The pieces within each set are cut so you can see where in each slab they came from.
Urban Organics– October 7th at 6:00 pm
Featuring: Joe Holdren, Scott Woodward and Myself
Hi everyone, I’m Bill Hemphill, the Industrial Craftsman.
Every piece of ICF furniture is handbuilt by me in a small studio at my cottage in Downtown Phoenix.
The Industrial Craftsman story begins at a time when I was a union carpenter, and as the recession hit, I became a stay-at-home dad with two babies.
While helping a friend on a Micro Dwell (tiny house) concept, I was invited to start a small cactus nursery in the parking lot of his art gallery, known as The Hive. Aside from tending these plants, I built furniture from alley scraps that I found on my way to work. One day while foraging, I came across a unique wood table, it was really old and well built. I discovered it was a Gustav Stickley circa 1910! This led me to study his work, where I found so many themes I could relate to, including— a man should enjoy his work, nature should be valued, and workers are craftsman. Inspired by the clean lines and use of quality materials.
So I began to study the turn of the century Craftsman Movement, from Macintosh and William Morris, to Greene and Greene and Stickley. I found myself not only drawn to the design but also to the underlying philosophy of quality, simplicity, craftsmanship and usefulness of each piece. My nursery became more and more a workshop, until it no longer fit my art gallery surroundings. I did some great work and moved my shop to a newfound home at the cottages. I continue to build and study, finding some success. My style began to evolve from furniture of scraps to something that truly resembled the Craftsman Movement. Although while still using repurposed material, it became something different, neither Industrial nor Craftsman, but something in the middle, like “Gustav Stickley with a welder”. That’s how the Industrial Craftsman style was born.
We’re at a time and place in the world where we can no longer afford to be wasteful by buying disposable furniture. The Industrial Craftsman Movement is about taking back the craft by putting it in the hands of the worker, while creating a quality product that lasts several lifetimes.
My philosophy is to deliver high-quality, custom, handmade furniture that serves the businesses and residents of my community. Because of its simple design and diversity of materials, I can create a beautiful piece to fit any budget. I aspire to have a piece of furniture in every home and business in my neighborhood, and I’m off to a good start.